Three academic experts from three different fields explore the various shapes of Japan’s soft power. What is Japan’s strategy in this age of intensive cultural diplomacy? How has the globalisation of Japan’s culture industries shaped its image across Asia and worldwide? Japan Update invites trans-Asia globalisation specialist Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University), ‘cute culture’ theorist Christine R. Yano (University of Hawaii) and public diplomacy analyst Yasushi Watanabe (Keio University) to share their ideas on this rich and fascinating topic.
From examining the politics of soft power and policies around ‘Cool Japan’ to unpacking the global clout of Hello Kitty, these distinguished panelists open up on recent developments in the area and offer insights for the future based on their own innovative research.
Panel selected and chaired by Dr Simon Avenell, Director of the Japan Institute at The Australian National University (ANU).